Follow the underdog Broncos anytime, anywhere

By Erik Carr

In boxing, fighting in all 15 rounds of a match is known as
“going the distance.”

In baseball, the equivalent is playing the maximum possible
number of games in a given series.

Last weekend, the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team did just
that.

It went the distance in the CCAA Championship, proving it was a
force to be reckoned with and gave the spectators a thrilling
finish.

In addition, the Broncos’ performance in the conference
tournament not only turned some heads, it also earned them their
first NCAA Tournament berth since 1993.

Even for those who didn’t see the game in person, it was still
riveting for those who were able to follow the action via the
latest audio and visual technology on the market.

With the right computer and the correct link, one can see the
game through Live Stats or a live video feed from the game or hear
it over a streamed radio broadcast.

The advent of technology such as this has made it possible for
those who can’t be there, whether it’s due to insufficient funds,
prior commitments or lack of proximity, to have the game at their
fingertips.

And for yours truly, who couldn’t be there, it was a great sight
to see and hear.

Despite the fact that they did not win the tournament after
losing to No. 1 seed UC San Diego, 9-2, in the title game, the
Broncos can stand tall knowing they eliminated more teams than any
other team in the tournament.

Even more impressive is that they accomplished this while being
the No. 4 seed longshot.

The Broncos knocked out No. 2 seed Sonoma State, 11-4, and No. 3
seed Chico State, 13-2, both on Friday.

And although the Tritons won their third-straight CCAA
Championship tournament title on Sunday, the Broncos were better in
certain categories.

Most noteworthy of these is the team’s batting average for the
series.

In their five games, the Broncos had a team batting average of
.361 (65 for 179) compared to the Tritons’ .333.

Also impressive is their record. At the end of weekend play, the
Broncos improved their overall record to 33-21 (.611).

The last time the Broncos had a record this good or better was
1980, when the Broncos finished the year 42-25-1 (.627).

For those who don’t know, 1980 was the second-to-last season in
which the Broncos won the NCAA Div. II National Championship.

Back then, however, the Broncos were the favorite to win in
every game they played.

These days, in face of budget cuts, the Broncos have become the
underdog.

One of many things that history has proven is that almost
everyone loves the underdog.

Whether one compares the Broncos to David when he killed Goliath
or the Milan High School men’s basketball team, whose 1954 run to
the Indiana state championship was the inspiration for the 1986
movie “Hoosiers,” the Broncos fit the “underdog” label nicely.

For this reason among others, whether the Cal Poly Pomona
community follows the game in person or through a computer, it will
be thoroughly entertained and thrilled about the support it will
give its Broncos as they play into the 2011 NCAA Div. II Tournament
and beyond.

Women of Winter

Erik Carr, Sports Editor / The Poly Post

Women of Winter

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